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Junior Peaks attracts top UK field

More than 60 of the UK's top junior riders will assemble in the Peak District on Sunday to contest the second round of the British Cycling Junior Road Race Series. With a course based on Longnor, four miles south of Buxton - the same roads used for the revised route of last year's Premier Calendar Tour of the Peak - the riders will face three ascents of Axe Edge and two of Hitter Hill before the victor is decided.

Following their dominant performance and overall win for Andrew Griffiths in the Martin Ashfield Classic at the beginning of April, the Glendene CC will be the team to beat. Their lineup also includes Alex Dowsett Junior Peaks winner in 2005), Russell Hampton, Matt Rowe, and Manx men Peter Kennaugh and Jonathan Bellis. However, the Le Coq Sportif trio of Steven Burke, Mark McNally and Adam Bonser are sure to present a challenge, as will the strong Merlin Development Squad including Kevin Barclay and Rhys Lloyd.

Without such strong team support but still likely to figure in the action are Adam Blythe (Pinarello RT), Tom Diggle (Kuota/Biemme) and another Manx challenger in the shape of Warren Flynn (Obri Coaching).The 69 mile race will leave the race headquarters at Longnor Village School at 12pm to complete three laps of the circuit, with the finish on the B5053 just outside the village.

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